Harriet finds a bearer bond from Walnut Grove. She uses this to try to get people to follow her suggestions. She tells the town council that if she doesn't get her way, she will cash in the bond which would force the town to pay Mrs. Oleson over $10,000. First she decides to change the name of the town to Olesonville. Then she believes the city should have a mayor, namely, Nels. Before things get too far out of hand, an old resident appears and has the first in the series of the bond. This means that Mrs. Oleson really has no power over the city.